Pezanowski era begins in Lyndon men’s lacrosse

Pezanowski era begins in Lyndon men’s lacrosse

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon men's lacrosse team, led by first-year head coach Kevin Pezanowski, will open its 2015 season Saturday when it travels to Castine, Maine to battle Maine Maritime Academy at 3:30 p.m.

Over the past several weeks, Pezanowski, the first full-time head coach in the history of the program, who has had successful coaching stints at Franklin Pierce University, Curry College, MIT and the Ohio State University; has been preparing the team physically and emotionally for tomorrow's North Atlantic Conference opener against an always-tough Mariner squad.

"Everything we're doing now we started in the Fall," he said. "With a new coach and a new approach it's important to get everyone on the same page. We have a number of returning players who have had a number of different coaches over the years and our freshmen are entering into a different program.

"It's a big hurdle to jump, but it's important that everyone be on the same page," he continued. "We need to be thinking and doing the same thing in terms of play execution, practice habits and even how we stretch. For a team to be successful we need to be working from the same playbook."

The Hornets will be led by the tandem of senior Robert Crupi and sophomore Justin Mosher. Crupi scored 12 goals and collected four assists for a total of 16 points a year ago while Mosher had eight goals and eight assists for a total of 16 points. They will be complimented by junior Colin Young who amassed 11 points in 2014 on seven goals and four assists.

"We took the entire Fall and early season to evaluate our players individually," said Pezanowski. "No one player gives us a clear advantage, so we're working from a clean slate. We'll continue to work with our athletes individually – on their strengths and weaknesses – and moving forward from there."

Despite Pezanowski's late hiring, a number of freshmen have been recruited to the program and will be counted on to make an immediate impact. Attackers Kevin McCarthy and Ian Pelkey, and defensive tandem of Timmy Scanlon and Ryan Leavitt are to name a few.

"Kevin and Ian will be seen primarily as attackers, but will also be used in the midfield," said Pezanowski. "Each player (in our program) brings their own attributes and skills to the team and we will need to blend them into who we can be as a team. We have a number of freshmen we will need to move to new positions that will best suit the team."

Once the decisions have been made in terms of who will play where, the next step for Pezanowski is to teach the Hornets how to keep the game in a tempo that gives them an advantage and allows them to stay in control of the it.

"Especially in lacrosse, the big thing is tempo," he said. "Whether you are looking at the whole season or an individual game it's important to play with composure and the better teams do this. It may not equate to a lot of goals, but if we play with composure the wins will come.

"The key to a team with low numbers it to understand the situation and to play or react accordingly," he went on. "Overall everyone wants to make the playoffs but what we want to see is progress. If our players continue to develop we will be fine come season's end."